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NaBloPoMo 08 loser badge

ETA: Remember how I said I couldn’t think of anything for making my own loser badge, so I just altered one? That one is still below, but of course after I turned off my computer and got into bed I had four or five brilliant ideas. The above was my favorite. Get it?

Yep, that’s right, one stinkin’ day. And so early on, too. Well, here’s to pressing on anyway, that’s like winning, right?

nablopomo08 almostdidit

Original badge by the talented Dory.

Ooo! Ooo! this is also so awesome. (Found on the NaBloPoMo site.)

i blew nablopomo but i'm SOOOOO cute

i blew nablopomo but i


Yes, there is definite relief here, in the last post of NaBloPoMo ’08. In some ways, it’s been a pretty cool blogging month here at Quaking Aspen. Even if I did miss one day, almost at the start. Doggone it.

Well, I didn’t have the energy to make my own badge, so I stole one from Dory and altered it just a little. You’ll see it bright and early tomorrow. Because heck YEAH I’m pre-posting it. I don’t intend to get online for quite a while, or at least, I don’t intend to be a presence for most of next month. (Maybe a little bit to supervise and clarify my fox pattern from yesterday – already getting a ton of hits.) (Well, a ton for me.)

Like a true addict, I always flip back and forth, and now I’m on the back (or is it the forth?) with regards to my blogging and blog reading and the intertubes generally. In other words, my friends, I need to get a life. Plus, you know, Christmas, all that. Tomorrow I hope to do some serious work on the house, so that we can actually decorate – that is, have places to put decorations. And it certainly won’t happen if I’m online.

So I’ll say bye for the moment, probably the whole of next month. Happy holidays!

ETA 11/30: The ear section in particular is a bit tricky. I am editing the instructions slightly, and will be adding have added a video. If you have more questions or troubleshooting,  please, leave me a comment! (Or, hey, even if you just like it…)

At last, the pattern! It works up quite small – he rests in the palm of your hand. (I’ll try to add a photo to make the scale clear.) I tested it making a pink fox for my daughter – perhaps I will add a pic later. Let me know if there are mistakes, or I need to clarify. Feel free to make many little foxes – and please, I’d love to see photos! – but please do not copy the pattern to your own site – leave a link instead. Also, please do not sell the pattern, nor make them and sell them online. Thanks.

Little Fox
By me! S. J. Montgomery

amigurumi fox

Stitches used:

  • Magic ring
  • inc = increase
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • f.l. = front loop
  • invdec = invisible decrease
  • four loop bobble (in feet): (Yarn over hook and insert hook into stitch; yo and pull up a loop; yo and pull the yarn through 2 loops) repeat this 3 times into the same stitch – you will have 4 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops. Here is a nice video tutorial; this site also has a few pictures.

Please note: normally I suggest, when making amigurumi, alternating the pattern a little to avoid lines, i.e. if the pattern of the round is (1 + inc) around and the next is (2 + inc) around, I would say alternate whether you start with the 1 sc or the inc, so as to avoid a line where all the inc are lined up. HOWEVER, in the head part of this pattern, it is important to follow the instructions so as to get the proper shaping. In the body and tail you may want to try the alternating I talked about above.

Head & Body

1. 4 sc in magic ring
2. inc every stitch (8)
3. sc around (8)
4. 2 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc (11) [insert nose]
5. 2 sc, (1 sc, inc) 3 times, 3 sc (14)
6. inc, 2 sc, (inc, 1 sc) 4 times, 3 sc (19) [place eyes between rounds 5 & 6 where the head widens (opposite your starting st), 6 st apart. You can wait until you make the ears before inserting them.]
7. sc around

Making the ears, they are worked as part of the head. [If you have trouble, look in the comments/ask a question there for help, or try the new video tutorial. Also embedded at the bottom of the post.]

8. 6 sc, (sc into front loop of st above eye, ch 3, skip 1st ch, 2 sc [down chain], sc into f.l. next head st of rnd; turn [work up ear], sc, sl st; turn [work down ear], sl st, sl st into f.l. of next head st) 3 sl st in f.l. of next 3 sts in round; repeat parentheses once, 4 sc
9. sc around (through back loops of ear sections) (19)
10. invdec, 2 sc, invdec, 2 sc, 2 invdec, 2 sc, invdec, sc, invdec [goes one st into next row, move marker for new starting stitch] (12)
11. sc, 2 inc, 7 sc, 3 inc (18)
12. (2 inc, 2 sc) 4 times, 2 sc (26)
13-17.   sc around
18. (2 sc, dec) around, 2 sc (17)
19. sc around
20. (invdec, sc) around, invdec (13)

Stuff head & body firmly.

21. 6 invdec, one st left (7)

Drawstring (using needle, weave yarn tail through front loop of each stitch and pull tight) closed.


Start with white.

1. 3 sc in ring
2. inc around (6)

Switch colors.

3. (1 sc + inc) around (9)
4. (1 sc + inc) around (13)
5-8. sc around
9. (1 sc + invdec) around, 1 sc (9)
10. (1 sc + invdec) around (6)

Stuff lightly.

11. invdec around (3)

Drawstring closed. Leave long tail of yarn, sew to body.

Legs (make 4)

1. 5 sc in ring
2. 2 sc, bobble, 2 sc
3. sc around
4. sc around, attach with sl st to next st.

Tuck tail from magic ring into foot. Leave long tail of yarn, sew to body.

he wants to play {24/366}

Yeah. That’s my day in four words. No shopping for me. Instead I woke up at 6 am (!!!) and was forced to get up because my face (i.e. sinuses) hurt so badly. Then I read some of Little Women and watched some movies and worked on a couple crochet projects (for my friend, not my kids, I gotta figure out how to hide stuff from my kids). We were going to go to The Big City to visit my father in law tomorrow (though he’s coming home soon), but they wouldn’t let me into the burn unit with this horrifying cold (or if they would, they shouldn’t), and my husband is starting to feel a little sick too. So it’s staying home tomorrow also. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to sleep lying down tonight.

Let’s talk about Christmas movies. What are your favorites? Please share. I’ll give you my list below:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Muppet Christmas Carol
  • White Christmas (ah, Bing’s voice, can I possibly get enough?)
  • One Magic Christmas
  • Little Women (not strictly a Christmas movie, but I always want to watch it this time of year)
  • the old Disney cartoons, Small One and Mickey’s Christmas Carol

My husband loves the Santa Clause movies, and of course my kids are fans of the Rudolph classics. (Which is fine, but there’s definitely a reason we keep them hidden away the rest of the year.)

What do you like to watch at Christmastime? I will have to make an effort to see Miracle on 34th Street this year. Give me some more options, my friends. If I stay sick the rest of the weekend, I’m going to run through all my usuals and need some more….

It’s really time for a nap. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be attempting any shopping at all tomorrow. Maybe a little on Amazon…

I really like this idea here of making a gratitude book and writing a page a year. I think I may poke around among my albums and see if I have one that would work.

Five things I’m grateful for:

  1. family
  2. friends
  3. hot running water
  4. books and music
  5. faith
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In honor of excessive feasting on the morrow, and for future reference, here is my easy, though not terribly exact, recipe for green bean casserole.

My Kickin’ Green Bean Casserole

  • 1 bag (18 oz or so) of frozen french cut green beans, thawed (must be french cut!)
  • 1 drained can of corn (or frozen, if you like)
  • 1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup (I prefer Campbell’s for this, rather than generic)
  • 3/4 (or so) cup of milk
  • 2/3 cup french fried onions, plus another 2/3 cup for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste, add a little extra pepper, go on

So, mix it all, except the topping, and bake it. 350 for about half an hour. Then top with the rest of the onions, and brown them for about five minutes.

Yeah, it’s pretty basic, but the texture of the french cut green beans and the addition of the corn TOTALLY make it awesome. I’ll be making a double batch tomorrow to take to dinner. (With the In-Town inlaws; my father-in-law is still in the hospital, but doing well enough that they’re talking about releasing him soon. Things to be grateful for.)


Oh, yes, there’s more. Continuing from part one.


papernapkin Someone has sprinkled narcolepsy powder on my recliner.

twhitney yelling at grumpy daughter, “NO ONE LIKES A PARTY POOPER!” second grumpy daughter yells “YEA WE DONT LIKE POOP PARTIES!”

zuhl Resolved: George Lucas gets no more of my money until he has someone on staff hired to say, “Mr. Lucas, that’s a DUMB idea. Rewrite that.” [AMEN, my brother.]

czdesign Twitter Haiku: Lays Potato Chips…I know food is not love, but…will you marry me?

hotdogsladies First, I have a wife, not a girlfriend. Second, I could hardly be more grateful that she is not, as you say, “a freak” like you.

mrskennedy Jack: “What’s good here?” Waitress: “Nothing.” Jack: “I love this place.”

zuhl Gathering receipts for expense report. Fashioning them into a little hat, adding floral accents. Accounting person will like that, I’m sure.

finslippy I despise the inevitability of dinner.

zuhl Her: What you said about choking down an uncooked goat rather than use Adobe Illustrator? Yuck! Me: Obviously, you’ve never used Illustrator

hotdogsladies I sincerely hope that the people to whom I owe email responses never self-organize in a town where torches and pitchforks are plentiful.

mrskennedy Just refused to make my son and his friends peanut butter sandwiches. Get your own mom to make you a half-assed dinner!

papernapkin I haven’t packed a single freakin box. I think I have box-packing phobia. I hope there’s a Latin term for it, so I can feel justified.

zuhl reading anything on WebMD for more than 5 minutes scares the living daylights out of me. I HAVE ALL THE DISEASES IN THE WORLD.

papernapkin I feel weepy @ the thought of making dinner and doing laundry. Then I feel awful b/c even a life of 21st century ease is too tough for me.

papernapkin re: Go Diego Go. What kind of mom lets her kid travel alone through the Amazon by zip line? I wanna party with her.

papernapkin Sun doesn’t rise until 7:50. Nice cushy job ya got there, think the world revolves around you.

papernapkin @megfowler: Are you on the Dread Pirate Robert’s ship? [in response to a twitter that says: “i’ll most likely die before morning”]

papernapkin Thank God that’s over. Why can’t I love to exercise as much as I love to eat, and hate to eat as much as I hate to exercise? Fix that, okay?

papernapkin Hate to order take out on Monday. It sets a bad precedent. It says to the week, “Go on, wreak havoc, I can’t do a damn thing to stop you.”

papernapkin Just changed the fish bowl. I’m changing my fish’s name to Rasputin. No ordinary fish could’ve survived that water. [Ha! Hahahahahahahahahaha….]

papernapkin @SusanW: It’s bedtime SOMEWHERE, widen your children’s cultural frame of reference by exposing them to the time zones of different countries

finslippy Henry: “Everyone likes chocolate.” Me: “Well, some people don’t.” Henry: “Some people are nitwits.”

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